Revisiting the Chicken MahaMac in India and the Big Mac Index

One could not help but check out the Chicken MahaMac at the still very swanky Indira Gandhi International Airport and the meal and bill is pictured. Prices have risenĀ  from Rs. 225 to Rs. 295 or about 6% a year from 2011 somewhat less than the average inflation of 7%. See the earlier post IndiaContinue reading “Revisiting the Chicken MahaMac in India and the Big Mac Index”

India 7% growth rate: Ola,Uber and car pooling apps

Over the winter break India was an exhilarating and at times an overwhelming experience. The top growth rate of the world at 7% and young people moving fast in an ancient culture added to the exciting nature of the experience. Here are some examples: The Private Taxi Business is over and Ola and Uber haveContinue reading “India 7% growth rate: Ola,Uber and car pooling apps”

Power did not corrupt Mandela: lesson in leadership

Every leader in business or public life must wonder at the enormous global goodwill and affection on display at the Nelson Mandela funeral today. What was it in Mandela that inspired people worldwide? Mandela was one leader who power did not corrupt. But first some background about the quote ” Power tends to corrupt andContinue reading “Power did not corrupt Mandela: lesson in leadership”

Coca Cola “social sharing” can is a brilliant idea

Coca Cola results today pulled down the stock market as overall global sales volumes dipped. Just to cheer up all those Coca Cola loyalists out there, check out the Coca Cola social sharing can video which is truly a brilliant idea. The "sharing can" idea has come from Coca Cola ad agency Ogilvy and MatherContinue reading “Coca Cola “social sharing” can is a brilliant idea”

Dow Jones index at record high today: when will US economy and jobs recover?

The Dow Jones industrial crossed 14,253.77 its highest ever point and back from the dismal depths of the recession on March 9, 2009 when it had touched 6,547. Investors and particularly large investors seem to be feeling upbeat about the stock market and things do seem cheery from a macro level. The optimism driving theContinue reading “Dow Jones index at record high today: when will US economy and jobs recover?”

Of 2013 resolutions: being outward oriented towards those you serve

This post is inspired by an Indian music radio station that was assuring its listeners that 2013 is "two thousand tera" (tera is yours in Hindi and also means thirteen– thus two thousand tera). All music to be played in 2013 was going to be what listeners wanted and liked- the announcer said as the NewContinue reading “Of 2013 resolutions: being outward oriented towards those you serve”

Multi-country globalization in 2013

In India over the holidays, I found that globalization at the multi-country level to be rising and thriving-like never before. This blog post as we ring in the New Year 2013. First two somber incidents and public reactions: The Delhi rape has outraged the Indian public with multiple protests and huge pressure on the IndianContinue reading “Multi-country globalization in 2013”

Unsustainable Food Packaging Innovation: Shrink wrapped peeled bananas

When Billa Supermarkets in Austria decided to unpeel bananas and shrink wrap them there was enough consumer outrage against the German owned Billa supermarket to withdraw the unsustainable food packaging innovation.  It also turns out the Billa Supermarkets call themselves environmentally conscious and the unpeeled bananas became a matter for Facebook protest right on theContinue reading “Unsustainable Food Packaging Innovation: Shrink wrapped peeled bananas”

Sustainable innovation in the supply chain: over 2 kilos of trash/person/day

According to the EPA in 2010 each person in the US put out Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)- popularly known as  garbage/trash  equal to 4.43 lb or  over 2 kilos per day. If you look at the number of garbage cans on the weekly trash collection days- you know that the number has not decreased andContinue reading “Sustainable innovation in the supply chain: over 2 kilos of trash/person/day”

Paypal mobile payments for McDonald’s France can open up vast Indian retail opportunities

Paypal is testing mobile app payments for McDonald's in 30 restaurants in France. If it works, then there might be a roll-out to over 30,000 McDonald's worldwide. The number 30,000 sounded really small so here is a reality check. How many Starbucks are there in the world? Under 17,000 worldwide ,or just over half theContinue reading “Paypal mobile payments for McDonald’s France can open up vast Indian retail opportunities”